How to live without Google

  • DuckDuckGo

    Free Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome Safari F-Droid Yandex.Browser Tor Opera Firefox Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Search iconGoogle Search

    Let's start with the easiest one. Google search is widely used because in the past it was the only one giving reliable results quickly. However, privacy-friendly search engines have caught up over the past few years, and there is no reason at all not to favor those.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Startpage iconStartpage, Small Searx iconSearx, Small Qwant iconQwant, Small Ecosia iconEcosia, Small Brave Search iconBrave Search & Small Mojeek iconMojeek.


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  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Homebrew Chocolatey Flathub AppImageHub Snapcraft BSD Haiku Gecko Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome

    Today there are several browsers that give you much more privacy-protection than Google Chrome. Firefox is a well-established browser known for respecting user's privacy, and recently, with the Quantum update, it even became faster than Chrome. And if you need extra anonymity when browsing online, you can use the Small Tor Browser iconTor Browser.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Brave iconBrave, Small LibreWolf iconLibreWolf, Small qutebrowser iconqutebrowser, Small Ungoogled Chromium iconUngoogled Chromium & Small Bromite iconBromite.


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  • Fedora

    Free Linux Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Chrome OS iconGoogle Chrome OS

    Fedora Workstation is a really good distribution for people new to Linux. Fedora generally adopts newer technologies before other distributions e.g., Wayland, PipeWire, and soon, FS-Verity. These new technologies often come with improvements in security, privacy, and usability in general.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Arch Linux iconArch Linux, Small Linux Mint iconLinux Mint, Small Manjaro Linux iconManjaro Linux, Small Zorin OS iconZorin OS, Small openSUSE iconopenSUSE, Small Pop!_OS iconPop!_OS, Small Solus iconSolus & Small Qubes OS iconQubes OS.


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  • Proton Mail

    Freemium Linux Web Android iPhone iPad ... Tor Website

    Google service to replace: Small Gmail iconGmail

    Gmail is by far the most used email service in the world. But even if it's a very handy service with lots of third-party integration, you have to know that Google can read all your email for marketing purposes and that you have strictly zero privacy while using such a service. ProtonMail, on the other side, offers end-to-end encryption so that it is fully protected from snooping eyes and even the developers cannot read your emails.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Tutanota iconTutanota, Small Posteo iconPosteo, Small Mailfence iconMailfence, Small & Small StartMail iconStartMail.


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  • Thunderbird

    Free Mac Windows Linux Homebrew ... Chocolatey Flathub AppImageHub Snapcraft BSD Haiku Website

    Google service to replace: Small Inbox by Gmail iconInbox by Gmail

    Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client. The project strategy is modelled after Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox. It supports POP (storing mail locally on your hard drive so that it can be accessed without an internet connection), and IMAP. It features excellent mail filter capabilities and management. Thunderbird has strong support for using multiple accounts and identities, including automated signature features. Thunderbird can also function as an RSS/Atom feed reader, and has a large selection of add-ons that extend it with calendar support (Small Lightning Calendar iconLightning Calendar), PGP support (Small Enigmail iconEnigmail), integration with online services and much more.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Canary Mail iconCanary Mail, Small K-9 Mail iconK-9 Mail, Small Claws Mail iconClaws Mail & Small Mailspring iconMailspring.

    PS : One of the reasons I didn't use Thunderbird before was because of its UI which is pretty old and ugly. But thanks to that slick Thunderbird theme, you can now use it with a clean and nice interface.


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  • fruux

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Blackberry Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Sailfish OS Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Calendar iconGoogle Calendar

    fruux is a free service that takes care of your contacts, calendars and tasks so you don't have to. With fruux, you'll never have to manually copy your contacts and calendars between your devices again.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Nextcloud iconNextcloud & Small DAVx5 iconDAVx5.


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  • Nextcloud

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted F-Droid Cloudron Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Drive iconGoogle Drive

    When using Google Drive, one must know that all files are stored unencrypted on Google servers. Everyone gaining access to these servers can easily copy and read those files. Netxcloud allows you to access, share and protect your files, calendars, contacts, communication & more at home and in your enterprise. It's a self-hosted service so your data are on a server you control. But if you want a hosted solution with end-to-end encryption, you can also try Small Spideroak One Backup  iconSpideroak One Backup or Small Tresorit iconTresorit.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Syncthing iconSyncthing, Small Seafile iconSeafile, Small Infomaniak kDrive iconInfomaniak kDrive & Small Pydio iconPydio.


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  • Piwigo

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Self-Hosted Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Photos iconGoogle Photos

    Piwigo is a web application to manage your collection of photos, and other medias. Embedding powerful features, it powers photo galleries all around the world. Piwigo includes many features such as albums, tags, geolocation, multiple levels of customization, sending photos by visitors, photo privacy, calendar and statistics. Piwigo also handles themes and plugins for an integration as close as possible to the style of your site.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Recall Photos iconRecall Photos, Small Lychee iconLychee, Small Zyl iconZyl, Small Cluster iconCluster, Small Stingle Photos iconStingle Photos & Small Slidebox iconSlidebox.


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  • LineageOS

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Google service to replace: Small Android iconAndroid

    The most popular alternative to Android is, of course, Small iOS iconiOS, which offers easy device encryption and encrypted messaging via iMessage by default. But iOS is detained by Apple and some people might want to use an open-source operating system based on Android. And since Cyanogen, Inc. officially ended support for Small CyanogenMod iconCyanogenMod some times ago, the new kid in town is LineageOS and it's really good.
    You'd have to install it with Small microG iconmicroG or Small Open GApps iconOpen GApps in order to entirelly replace Google Services.

    Also worth mentioning: Small GrapheneOS iconGrapheneOS, Small CalyxOS iconCalyxOS, Small DivestOS iconDivestOS, Small Ubuntu Touch iconUbuntu Touch, Small postmarketOS iconpostmarketOS & Small /e/ icon/e/.


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  • F-Droid

    Free Web Android Android Tablet Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Play Store iconGoogle Play Store

    F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device just like Google Play. F-Droid only allows you to install open-source apps, so, if you want to install non-FOSS apps but don't want to use the Play Store, you could also be interested in Small Aptoide iconAptoide, Small Yalp Store iconYalp Store & Small Aurora Store iconAurora Store.

    Also worth mentioning: Small G-Droid iconG-Droid, Small Aurora Droid iconAurora Droid, Small Neo-Store iconNeo-Store & Small Droid-ify iconDroid-ify.


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  • Odysee

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Website

    Google service to replace: Small YouTube iconYouTube

    This one is a hard one — maybe even the hardest one on this list. Nowadays, everyone uploads and watches videos on YouTube. If you're creating and hosting videos yourself, Odysee provides a free, open source and decentralized platform running on the Small LBRY iconLBRY protocol to allow users to upload and share videos to people around the world. For videos that are only on YouTube (unfortunately, a lot), you can search for and watch them using Small Invidious iconInvidious, Small FreeTube iconFreeTube or Small NewPipe iconNewPipe for better privacy protection.

    Also worth mentioning: Small SkyTube iconSkyTube, Small Piped iconPiped & Small LibreTube iconLibreTube that are some good open-source YouTube clients.
    You can also take a look at Small PeerTube iconPeerTube, which is not some other YouTube client, but a true decentralized YouTube alternative (like Odysee).


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  • OpenStreetMap

    Free Web Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Maps iconGoogle Maps & Small Waze iconWaze

    For iOS users, Apple gives you an alternative built-in via Small Apple Maps iconApple Maps, so no installation is necessary if you're okay with using Apple services. If you want to use an open-source service with wider device support, check out OpenStreetMap and its mobile application Small OsmAnd iconOsmAnd, though it may not have the same ease-of-use or coverage quality as Google Maps.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Magic Earth iconMagic Earth, Small Organic Maps iconOrganic Maps & Small Qwant Maps iconQwant Maps.


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  • Bitwarden

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome Microsoft SQL Server Tor Browser Bundle Safari F-Droid Cloudron Opera Mono Brave Firefox Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Smart Lock iconGoogle Smart Lock

    A password manager is a mandatory tool if you use lots of passwords for online protection and don't want to use the built-in Chrome/Firefox one. One of the best on the market is Bitwarden. It's open-source, easy to use and works on all the desktop and mobile platforms.

    Also worth mentioning: Small LessPass iconLessPass, Small KeePass iconKeePass with its derivates (Small KeePassXC iconKeePassXC, Small KeePassDroid iconKeePassDroid, Small KeeWeb iconKeeWeb, Small Keepass2Android iconKeepass2Android & Small MacPass iconMacPass), Small Spectre iconSpectre, Small Passbolt iconPassbolt & Small pass iconpass.


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  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Allo iconGoogle Allo

    There are several services offering private messaging but Signal (or Small Silence IM iconSilence IM) gets our recommendation. It offers free, end-to-end encryption for both messages and private calls. It's also recommended by Edward Snowden and renowned security expert Bruce Schneier, among others. Small Wire iconWire is also a good solution. The app allows users to exchange end-to-end encrypted instant messages, as well as make voice and video calls.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Wire iconWire, Small Conversations iconConversations, Small Element iconElement, Small Session iconSession, Small Threema iconThreema & Small Briar iconBriar.


    Signal icon
  • Jitsi Desktop

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web BSD ... Self-Hosted Website

    Google service to replace: Small Hangouts iconHangouts

    Jitsi is a robust video chat alternative we use internally that works well even for large numbers of participants, though requires software to be installed. A web-only alternative is Small Jitsi Meet iconJitsi Meet which doesn't require an account — just go to the website to open a chat room and you're ready.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Mumble iconMumble, Small Jami iconJami & Small Nextcloud Talk iconNextcloud Talk.


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  • Ghost

    Free Personal Web Self-Hosted Cloudron Node.JS Website

    Google service to replace: Small Blogger iconBlogger

    Ghost is both a hosted (paid) and self-installable blogging platform, tracker-free by default and run by a non-profit foundation. It's an open source publishing platform which is beautifully designed, easy to use, and free for everyone.

    Also worth mentioning: Small WordPress iconWordPress, Small Grav iconGrav, Small Jekyll iconJekyll & Small Hugo iconHugo.


    Ghost icon
  • Matomo

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Self-Hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) PHP Cloudron Wordpress Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Analytics iconGoogle Analytics

    Matomo is an open-source alternative to Google Analytics that you can self-host on your own server or web hosting. It's better than GA in many ways:

    • You have the full ownership of the analytics data
    • You get unsampled data (understanding data sampling in Google Analytics)
    • The cost is very low
    • No data storage and collection limit
    • Endless customization of the platform
    • You can configure privacy settings like "Do not track" and the anonymization of IP addresses of visitors

    And even if you don't want to setup, configure and maintain your infrastructure for Matomo and/or if you want to customize Matomo to meet your specific tracking/reporting requirements, then you can use Small Piwik PRO Analytics Suite iconPiwik PRO Analytics Suite which is a paid service.

    Also worth mentioning: Small GoAccess iconGoAccess, Small Fathom Analytics iconFathom Analytics, Small Simple Analytics iconSimple Analytics, Small Open Web Analytics iconOpen Web Analytics, Small Plausible Analytics iconPlausible Analytics, Small Counter iconCounter, Small umami iconumami, Small Shynet iconShynet & Small Offen Fair Web Analytics iconOffen Fair Web Analytics.


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  • Standard Notes

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted F-Droid Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Keep iconGoogle Keep

    Standard Notes is a safe place for your notes, thoughts, and life's work. All your notes are encrypted and secured so only you can decrypt them. No one but you can read your notes (not even the company behind the app). Standard Notes is free to use and is cross-platform and there's also a premium version at $3,99/month for those who need extended functionalities.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Simplenote iconSimplenote, Small Paperwork iconPaperwork, Small OpenNote iconOpenNote, Small Turtl iconTurtl, Small Joplin iconJoplin & Small Boostnote iconBoostnote.


    Standard Notes icon

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloudron Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Docs iconGoogle Docs

    OnlyOffice is an open-source office suite that combines text, spreadsheet and presentation editors. You can download and use them for home, government, educational and commercial purposes without restrictions and use these office tools online.

    Individual alternatives:


  • Wekan

    Free Windows Web Android Self-Hosted ... UberSpace Cloudron Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Tasks iconGoogle Tasks

    Wekan is an open-source Trello-like kanban board built with Meteor. Whether you’re maintaining a personal todo list, planning your holidays with some friends, or working in a team on your next revolutionary idea, Kanban boards are an unbeatable tool to keep your things organized. They give you a visual overview of the current state of your project and make you productive by allowing you to focus on the few items that matter the most.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Habitica iconHabitica, Small & Small Kanboard iconKanboard.


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  • GitLab

    Freemium Linux Web BSD Ruby Cloudron Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Code Hosting iconGoogle Code Hosting

    Even if Google Cloud is discontinued since 2015, I wanted to present you a good open-source alternative named GitLab. It's a web-based Small Git iconGit repository manager with wiki and issue tracking features, using an open source license. Nowadays, it's the best alternative to Small GitHub iconGitHub that's free and open-source.

    Also worth mentioning: Small GitHub iconGitHub, Small Bitbucket iconBitbucket, Small SourceForge iconSourceForge, Small Gogs iconGogs & Small Gitea iconGitea.


    GitLab icon
  • Diaspora

    Free Linux Web BSD Self-Hosted Ruby Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Plus iconGoogle Plus

    Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Small Facebook iconFacebook and other social media. Diaspora lets you sort your connections into groups called aspects. Unique to Diaspora, aspects ensure that your photos, stories and jokes are shared only with the people you intend.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Hubzilla iconHubzilla, Small Minds iconMinds, Small Mastodon iconMastodon & Small Friendica iconFriendica.


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  • Apertium

    Free Windows Linux Web Android Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Translate iconGoogle Translate

    Apertium is a free and open-source machine translation platform, initially aimed at related-language pairs but expanded to deal with more divergent language pairs (such as English-Catalan). The platform provides a language-independent machine translation engine, tools to manage the linguistic data necessary to build a machine translation system for a given language pair and linguistic data for a growing number of language pairs.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Mate Translate iconMate Translate & Small DeepL Translator iconDeepL Translator (and its unofficial Android client Small OpenL iconOpenL).


    Apertium icon
  • Font Squirrel

    Free Web Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Fonts iconGoogle Fonts

    Font Squirrel is the best resource for free, hand-picked, high-quality, commercial-use fonts. Font Squirrel also has a great @font-face font generator. It means that if you own a @font-face license for your fonts, you can use the generator to create web-kits or to tweak your existing kits to improve rendering and file sizes.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Font Library iconFont Library


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  • Lstu

    Free Linux Web Self-Hosted Perl Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google URL Shortener iconGoogle URL Shortener

    Lstu – for Let's Shorten That Url – is a simple and open-source URL shortener that's easy to use and that you can customize as you wish. You can use it as service or install it on your own server.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Polr iconPolr, Small Zero Width Shortener iconZero Width Shortener, Small Kutt iconKutt & Small MagLit iconMagLit.


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  • Namecheap

    Commercial Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Domains iconGoogle Domains

    Namecheap is a domain registrar and hosting company. When you register a domain name, it comes with free WhoisGuard protection for life, which protects your contact information from third parties. Namecheap also accepts Bitcoin and offers domain registration, hosting, email, SSL certificates, and a variety of other products.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Njalla iconNjalla & Small OrangeWebsite iconOrangeWebsite.


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  • FreeOTP

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Authenticator iconGoogle Authenticator

    FreeOTP is a two-factor authentication application for systems utilizing one-time password protocols. Tokens can be added easily by scanning a QR code. FreeOTP implements open standards: HOTP and TOTP. This means that no proprietary server-side component is necessary: use any server-side component that implements these standards. We recommend Small FreeIPA iconFreeIPA.

    Also worth mentioning: Small WinAuth iconWinAuth, Small andOTP iconandOTP, Small Authenticator iconAuthenticator, Small OTP Auth iconOTP Auth & Small Aegis Authenticator iconAegis Authenticator.


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  • DNSCrypt Protocol

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Docker Website

    Google service to replace: Small Google Public DNS iconGoogle Public DNS

    DNSCrypt is a protocol that authenticates communications between a DNS client and a DNS resolver. It prevents DNS spoofing. It uses cryptographic signatures to verify that responses originate from the chosen DNS resolver and haven't been tampered with.
    It is an open specification, with free and open source reference implementations, and it is not affiliated with any company nor organization, unlike Google Public DNS.

    Also worth mentioning: Small OpenNIC iconOpenNIC, Small Quad9 iconQuad9 & Small NextDNS iconNextDNS.


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As you can see, moving away from Google isn't necessarily hard. In fact, you might even find you prefer the alternatives while also getting better privacy!

Comments on How to live without Google

· Apr 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 18 Helpful Report as spam

Wauw, nice complete list!
I really hope Small Passbolt iconPassbolt becomes a success for a password manager alternative. Be noted some services offers similar or the same features like Small Wekan iconWekan , Small Nextcloud iconNextcloud and Small GitLab iconGitLab have the ability to create a to do task list nowadays.. :) So, options enough!


· Jun 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 18 Helpful Report as spam

I could recommend BitChute as an alternative to YouTube, as well as Libreoffice to replace Google Docs.

[Edited by Neel2000, August 03]


LibreOffice is good but doesn't yet edit docs on mobile platforms, sadly, though I believe lots of work is being done in this area!

· Jul 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 8 Helpful Report as spam

and why not a new upcomming "peertopeer" to use instead of youtube?
peertube from framasoft


PeerTube is already listed in the list above Vimeo.

· Aug 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 8 Helpful Report as spam

LineageOS is android. So big parts of the source code are made by Google. At least it is mostly open source. The problem with pre-installed android are the proprietary Google apps (GApps). That's where lineageOS and other custom ROMs come into play. They are not bundled with GApps. So you are free to use alternatives like listed above.

Open GApps is definitively not a real alternative. You get the same proprietary apps as in preinstalled android. The only open thing in Open GApps is the method how to bundle the proprietary Google apps.


I agree. I've personally installed LineageOS + microG on my smartphone and it's really great.

My main concern with going with a new opensource OS is the security aspect. I may gain more privacy but will I sacrifice security? Will it open the door for hackers to potentially hack my stuff? Also, I have found that the app store is the most painful loss by trying to de-googlefy my life. F-droid just doesn't seem to hit all the apps I use.

LineageOS is, at least, as secure as plain Android, so I wouldn't worry about that.
For the Play Store, you can always use Small Aurora Store iconAurora Store.

· Feb 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 7 Helpful Report as spam

I'd like to highlight specially Small Telegram iconTelegram, Small Tox iconTox and Small Authy iconAuthy. Authy might not be open-source, but I really like how it's cross-platform, cloud sync and easy to use. There may be lots of other alternatives, but I like those pretty much.

I'm still forced to use shady services such as Small WhatsApp iconWhatsApp, Small Skype iconSkype and lots of other crap coming from Small Google Play Store iconGoogle Play Store. But unfortunately I can't change everyone's minds.

Oh yeah, not to forget to mention another alternative to Google+ such as Small Gab iconGab. That's certainly another good pick. ;)


I've already mentioned Tox in this list and I don't know Gab enough to recommend it.
For Telegram, its server is not open-source and its home-made encryption is not secure. Besides, Telegram is marketed as a secure and private messenger but it's not end-to-end encrypted by default.

Okay, you win. But, what about Small Threema iconThreema ?

I have never tried Threema but I know that doesn't recommend it.

· Apr 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

By Diaspora you can also add Hubzilla which is by far the closest alternative to Facebook. Has voting, better photo album support, etc even than Friendica has.

EDIT: I did a video overview of how Hubzilla looks and works at .

[Edited by danievandermerwe, December 10]


· Jul 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

I prefer Wire over Signal: Wire does not force or require Address book access on iOS, you can login using email/password created on your browser or simply sign up on the device. Also, its security model is pretty good: you can't access past-messages history on a new browser.


· Jan 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 4 Helpful Report as spam



Hi! Thank it was very usefull and worth spreading....

· Oct 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

Hi! Thank you, it was very usefull and worth spreading.
I'm wondering why you didn't mention Ubuntu Touch among Android alternatives.
I'm considering to change my smartphone OS and I don't know what to choose.
Thank you

[Edited by aaaliosha, October 11]


Thank you. I've added Small Ubuntu Touch iconUbuntu Touch and Small /e/ icon/e/ as alternatives to Android.

· Jul 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

Please add Aegis two-factor authentication app available on F-Droid.


I've added it, thank you, I didn't know this app.

What about - you don't mentio...

· Apr 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 6 Helpful Report as spam

What about Small Telegram iconTelegram - you don't mention it, as an alternative messenger, BUT WHY?


Its server is not open source

he did now

· Mar 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

This is my favorite AlternativeTo list! Thank you so much for putting this together.

I wanted to add a couple of contributions. For password manager, I use and recommend Small Encryptr iconEncryptr. Granted it doesn't have a few important features such as 2-step authentication, but it's made by the folks at SpiderOak, it's Open Source and easy to use. Perfect to recommend to older folks who are not familiar with password managers and are not tech savvy.

The only alternative to Google Maps that is accurate in my city is Small Citymapper iconCitymapper. I find myself relying on it quite frequently to check bus times -- since it's something we don't have on bus stops here -- and more often than not it gives the best trajectory recommendations. It also served me well when I went to Paris.


[Edited by coralinecastell, March 09]


I didn't put Small Encryptr iconEncryptr in this list because it hasn't been updated since 28 Nov 2017 (last commit), so I'm not sure if the project is still being developped and maintained.
For Small Citymapper iconCitymapper, it looks great but I don't know anything about their privacy policy so I'll have to take a look at it.

That's all very fair. Speaking of which, the Encryptr Android app is quite slow, and I dearly wish they'd iron it out. It gets the job done, but that's about it.

Glad to hear you'll investigate Citymapper. I hope it fits into the list's standards. Cheers!

· Sep 2020 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Great list! If you're looking for an additional alternative to Google Analytics: I'm working on Plausible Analytics. Modern dashboard, simple metrics to understand, open source so can be self-hosted too, lightweight script (<1 KB), no cookies and doesn't collect personal data so no need for cookie/GDPR consent banner. See Small Plausible Analytics iconPlausible Analytics


I've added it in the “also worth mentioning” section. 🙂

thank you!

· Oct 2020 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

Nice list, but

  • ProtonMail require a GooglePlay Account to let you signing in
  • LineageOS, weaken your Android and it still based on Google Product (Android)
  • I'll rather propose Searx or Qwant than DuckDuckGo if you want to find stuff on the Internet
  • Vimeo ? common this is a joke, what do you watch on Vimeo Corporate Ads ?
  • Gitlab ? sadly, like Github they host their data at Amazon so it is only like your pant but still wearing the same underwear.

· Jul 2022 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

I would suggest Small Odysee iconOdysee as an alternative to YouTube. It's definitely way better than Vimeo. Also it's open source.


Agreed! I've started updating the list because many stuff are out of date.

· Jul 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Boulet que je suis, je n'ais pas vu les alternative à Vimeo.
I dind't look properly, +1
But I think it should considerate as a full alternative.


· Feb 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

I'm really missing a keyboard (not from google) which is able to convert voice to text. Do you have any suggestion?


Well, I've always used Small AnySoftKeyboard iconAnySoftKeyboard on Android and it's a great open-source keyboard.

· Sep 2020 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Incredible list! Noting each app*s specific Google replacement is helpful and appreciated. Sharing!


· Jun 2018 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

There is a useful "Tasks" app on F-droid possibly worth mentioning as another alternative to Google Tasks.


· Sep 2018 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I think the Vivaldi Browser deserves a mention.


As well as the Conversations messenger.

Thank you. I've added Small Vivaldi iconVivaldi and Small Conversations iconConversations in the “also worth mentioning” section of their respective Google competitor.

· Feb 2019 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Great list!


· Jul 2019 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

"FreeOTP" has been abandoned and should be removed or replaced from your recommendations.
"FreeOTP+" is the most like-kind to "FreeOTP" (a fork) with active support.


Where did you see that FreeOTP is abandoned? Do you have a link to FreeOTP+?

It's not abandoned. It just does not need an update.
FreeOTP+ is a fork with Import/Export functionality

· Apr 2020 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Just curious, does anyone have good experiences with Fruux? It seemed great at first, i could get rid of google contacts and calendar at once. But the app keeps being signaled on my android phone as using a lot of background battery, even after I set it to only sync once per day. And according to the app store the last change made to the app was back in 2013, for android 4.4...


· May 2021 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

what about ecosia


It's already mentioned in the list.

· May 2021 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

no it is not


Yes it is, read again.

· Sep 2021 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Kutt might also be something to consider as a URL shortener option.


· Aug 2022 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam one of the oldest search engines in the USA, which has survived to the present day. Its distinctive feature is ignoring simple algorithms of the reference mass, and using only high-quality relevant resources to rank the output of reviews.


· Jul 2019 · Helpful Not helpful -2 Helpful Report as spam

can you also add mega and pcloud to list of cloud storage alternatives please


· Feb 2020 · Helpful Not helpful -2 Helpful Report as spam

Isn't Firefox googlized. It is. This browser is less and less in the free open mind, and more and more a bundleware uncustomizable.


What do you mean? Firefox has been and is still very customizable. You can change the settings, the configuration in about:config, the look and feel with userChrome.css, add many addons… And bundleware…?

I mean it's googlized before you customize it. And it's not as customizable as it was in the past. Bundled.

· Sep 2019 · Helpful Not helpful -8 Helpful Report as spam

Good work compiling the list. I am just saying; on one hand who cares about privacy and on the second one; I love the suggestion and history feature of Google, it is the best part about the compnay, why you want to do not use that.


@Salvador It's very handy. But as handy as an FBI agent.

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